Press Operators

Crane & Co., Inc., a premier manufacturer of fine stationery and currency papers, currently has openings for Entry-Level Platemakers at Crane's Personal Design Services, located in North Adams. These positions are on the 1st shift (7:00 am - 3:30 pm) and 2nd shift (3:30 pm to 12:00 am) and are being posted due to business needs.

Job Qualifications:

  • Minimum of High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Must be able to read, write, keep neat and accurate records, and follow written and verbal instructions
  • Experience and background in operating, adjusting, or manipulating mechanical machinery or other similar equipment
  • Responsible for demonstrating a positive attitude and self-motivation, and developing and maintaining positive interaction and communication with customers, peer, subordinates, and supervisors
  • Must have good eyesight as well as the ability to distinguish a full spectrum of colors
  • Must be willing to work any shift and overtime as needed
  • Must have maintained a good safety and attendance record with proven work performance in the past
  • Medical certification will be required to ensure the physical capabilities of job performance

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support requirements for engraving of production of daily orders
  • Must be able to interpret instructions on all work orders requiring engraving
  • Preventative maintenance of press, i.e., oil press daily prior to start-up, etc.
  • Must be able to follow all proper start-up steps, i.e., prepare fountain, prepare counter material for the slide, place counter slide into press, engage press for counter image, cut counter, place overlay properly, secure wooden feed board, and select correct cardboard feed board for stock item to be run
  • Press slide adjusted to attain proper and exact position of lettering on stock item and secured to assure that position remains consistent throughout the run
  • Must be able to meet quality standards for color, position, clarity of image, and all special instructions followed on work order
  • Must maintain daily maintenance of press-related materials that include changing die wipe roll and changing blanket when ink becomes caked-on or wipe is not working properly
  • Must be able to prioritize workflow daily to assure established delivery schedules are met
  • Back-up in other areas of the Department or Company as required
  • Must be able to maintain average productivity standards within Lines of Progression grade
  • Must interact in a positive manner with other employees
  • Must be able to do a line-up
  • Must be able to perform a press safety inspection
  • Use positive locking device whenever maintenance or adjustments are being made, use cut- proof gloves when cutting counters, keep area around the press clean, and change absorbent “pig sock” when it becomes saturated
  • Must be willing to move up through the lines of progression
  • Must be willing to work in any Company area or location as needed
  • Must be willing to work any shift and overtime as needed
  • Must provide and maintain a permanent phone number where you can be reached in the event of a business need
  • Adhere to Company safety policies and procedures, assuring good judgment and care are exercised for the prevention of accidents and personal injury
  • Follow the basic "Employee Responsibilities" for conduct that applies to all employees of Crane & Co., Inc.

Please send resume and cover letter to

Employment Specialist
Crane & Co.
EOE M/F/D/V​​​